‘The Great Bridge over the Rhine at Bonn, Germany’, c.1900

‘The Great Bridge over the Rhine at Bonn, Germany’

Keystone View Company

c.1900

bonn bridge over rhine

The bridge shown in the stereograph was the Old Rhine Bridge completed in 1898. At the time of its construction it was the longest through-arch bridge in the world. The bridge was destroyed on 8 March 1945 by the Wehrmacht in a futile attempt to stop the American advance on Bonn. The bridge’s replacement was finished in 1949 and renamed Kennedy Bridge following the assassination of the U. S. President in 1963.